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General Slocum Memorial

On June 15th, 1904 the PS General Slocum was chartered by St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York City for $350. 1,360 people showed up that Wednesday for the 17th annual Sunday School picnic. It was a calm and beautiful morning… anyone who has visited Manhattan in the summer can envision this morning. The […]

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Lip Reading the Presidential Debates

With just 2 weeks to go until the elections I am really enjoying some of the comedy to come out of this election. Practically speaking, I can’t believe I’ve really watched all four debates. Some of them I’ve actually watched twice. The irony is that I watched the last 2 debates after already voting!  Question: How […]

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Friends, we need to calm down the rhetoric


My morning devotions found me in Romans 13 this week. These are timely words from Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against […]

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So here’s the deal


In the dog days of summer, Washington D.C. is in the hottest place on earth. This morning the Supreme Court issued their ruling upholding the major points of the Affordable Healthcare Act. (read the ruling, keep up with the New York Times live blog if your heart can handle it.) By the end of the […]

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